The Scripps National Spelling Bee was un-bee-lievable. The ESPN-televised marathon competition, held Thursday night in Washington D.C., and airing opposite the Game 1 of the NBA Finals, ended with eight children crowned co-champions.
The kids "beat the dictionary," as ET Canada put it, with the so-called "octochamps" correctly spelling word after word after word, and forcing organizers to call it a night in Round 20. This turn of events marked the first time the spelling bee named more than two co-champs. Each of the eight winners will receive the promised $50,000 top prize from Scripps.
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" 'This would never happen at my bee. ... They need to use harder words. The words are available.' "
A superhuman group of adolescents broke the Scripps National Spelling Bee with 8 contestants crowned co-champions after the competition said it was running out of challenging words https://t.co/Ov5Hafv6Pp— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 31, 2019
The winning words spelled correctly by the 8 co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night:— NPR (@NPR) May 31, 2019
The Internet Is Full of Feelings About the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Eight spellers destroy the dictionary and win the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee that ends at 12:05am ET.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 31, 2019
Here's @ScrippsBee crowning a historic EIGHT co-champions BECAUSE THEY RAN OUT OF WORDS, set to "Eye of the Tiger"— Brett Banditelli (@banditelli) May 31, 2019
Thank you kids, for showing us there is still hope. #spellingbee pic.twitter.com/iJVyAwqt2u
I’ve had enough NBA I’m turning on the Spelling Bee on @espn— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) May 31, 2019
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